A year ago, Wolf Alice were at Glastonbury celebrating a Number Two album after the release of their debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’. Twelve months later, they stepped up from The Park to the Pyramid Stage for the first time, bringing their snarling riffs and exuberant energy with them for a set that more than hinted at even more prestigious slots in the near future.
Wolf Alice walk nervously onto stage to make their Pyramid Stage debut. “I didn’t think anyone would be here,” singer and guitarist Ellie Rowsell said later on in their set.
Luckily that wasn’t the case, with a full field in front of them throughout, much to Ellie’s delight.
During the set, guitarist Joff Oddie’s hand could be seen bleeding on the big screens. He played on, though, despite the blood pouring down his fingers and onto his fretboard.
The north London band ran through songs from their debut album, ‘My Love Is Cool’, which came out in the days leading up to Glastonbury 2015.
“About five years ago me and Joff applied to play Glastonbury in some emerging talent contest, and we didn’t get through and we were really sad,” Ellie said midway through. “[But] this is more than making up for it!”
The performance marked the band’s third year at Glastonbury, having played in the John Peel tent in 2014 and The Park in 2015.
“We don’t know what we’re doing on this stage,” Ellie joked ahead of ‘You’re A Germ’. Later, bassist Theo Ellis asked the crowd “Who’s got a friend here? This song is for your friend”, before launching into ‘Bros’.
As well as songs from ‘My Love Is Cool’, Wolf Alice also aired a handful of EP tracks including ’90 Mile Beach’ and ‘Blush’ from the ‘Blush’ EP and ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and ‘Storms’ from the ‘Creature Songs’ EP.
After doing hers and Theo’s traditional sidestep dance routine during the intro to ‘Giant Peach’, Ellie jumped down from stage onto the platform in front of it, prowling up and down as the song continued.
Joff and Theo celebrate a triumphant performance with a friendly headlock.
Ellie ended their performance by running along the front of the barrier high-fiving and kissing fans on the front row.